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Stefan Uhrig

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Biography

Stefan received M.Sc. degrees in Psychology at the University of Giessen (2013) and in Human Factors at the Technical University of Berlin (2016). Since February 2017, he is working as a scholarship PhD student at the Quality and Usability Lab.

Research Topics

► Perceived quality (with focus on transmitted speech)

► Psychophysiology (electroencephalography, EEG)

► Data analysis and statistics

Current Project

Physiological correlates of perceived quality, presence and immersion in virtual environments (part of joint PhD program between TU Berlin, Germany, and NTNU Trondheim, Norway)

Contact

Address

Quality and Usability Lab
Deutsche Telekom Laboratories
Technische Universität Berlin
Ernst-Reuter-Platz 7
D-10587 Berlin, Germany

Publications

Effects of speech transmission quality on sensory processing indicated by the cortical auditory evoked potential
Citation key uhrig2020b
Author Uhrig, Stefan and Perkis, Andrew and Behne, Dawn M
Pages 046021
Year 2020
ISSN 1741-2552
DOI 10.1088/1741-2552/ab93e1
Journal Journal of Neural Engineering
Volume 17
Number 4
Month aug
Publisher IOP Publishing
How Published Journal paper
Abstract Objective. Degradations of transmitted speech have been shown to affect perceptual and cognitive processing in human listeners, as indicated by the P3 component of the event-related brain potential (ERP). However, research suggests that previously observed P3 modulations might actually be traced back to earlier neural modulations in the time range of the P1-N1-P2 complex of the cortical auditory evoked potential (CAEP). This study investigates whether auditory sensory processing, as reflected by the P1-N1-P2 complex, is already systematically altered by speech quality degradations. Approach. Electrophysiological data from two studies were analyzed to examine effects of speech transmission quality (high-quality, noisy, bandpass-filtered) for spoken words on amplitude and latency parameters of individual P1, N1 and P2 components. Main results. In the resultant ERP waveforms, an initial P1-N1-P2 manifested at stimulus onset, while a second N1-P2 occurred within the ongoing stimulus. Bandpass-filtered versus high-quality word stimuli evoked a faster and larger initial N1 as well as a reduced initial P2, hence exhibiting effects as early as the sensory stage of auditory information processing. Significance. The results corroborate the existence of systematic quality-related modulations in the initial N1-P2, which may potentially have carried over into P3 modulations demonstrated by previous studies. In future psychophysiological speech quality assessments, rigorous control procedures are needed to ensure the validity of P3-based indication of speech transmission quality. An alternative CAEP-based assessment approach is discussed, which promises to be more efficient and less constrained than the established approach based on P3.
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